I see a guy lose almost his entire operation due to what I believe poor nutrition. Very hot and dry, and the bees brought in little nectar and no pollen. He lost hundreds of colonies one winter. Now that is a learning experience. It would be easy to blame the producer but producer has little to do with it less the colony crapped out in the first month. It's mostly the beekeeper. They need to pay attention and be prudent in keeping their bees. I guess thats what really divides the beekeepers from those who keep bees.